The MInEnS Lab gets its name from the Ojibwemowin word for bead: manidoominens. When going from Ojibwemowin to English, manidoominens is translated as spirit-seed. In the spirit of its english acronym, our general aim is to seed technologies that transform simple mechanical inputs into the complex assembly and control of materials. We interact with multiple applications (e.g. soft robotics, architecture, medical devices, roll-to-roll manufacturing) while working at the intersections of interfacial, flexible, granular, and active matter. At our core, the MInEnS Lab is curiosity driven as we aim to develop and disseminate knowledge alongside all technical pursuits.